The Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall is coming to Marshall July 10-13, and is going to be on display at Independence Park, around the clock all four days.
The wall is dedicated to honor courage, sacrifice and devotion to duty and country by all who served.
It is 288 feet long at the center and is six feet high, tapering down at 144 feet. As of May 2009, there are 58,261 names on the wall, including 1,082 Minnesotans. The first Killed in Action (KIA) was June 8, 1956, and the last KIA was May 15, 1975. The Missing in Action (MIA) and Prisoners of War (POW) are noted with a cross.
The main speaker at the opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 11, is the State Council President of the Vietnam Vets of America (VVA). The Patriot Guard will be a part of the ceremony.
One of the KIA's from Lyon County is SGT Roland Edroy Moore. Moore was born in Marshall on Sept. 26, 1946, to Victor and Ruth Moore. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1964. Classmates of Roland, or "Rollie" as he was called, are planning their 50th class reunion this year. Rollie was married before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He served as a Sergeant in Company A, 501 Infantry, and 101 ABN Division. His specialty was light weapons infantry. Rollie was 21 years old when he was killed in Vietnam on April 9, 1968. He is buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Fergus Falls. Moore is one of the 58,261 who tragically lost his life while serving our country in Vietnam.
The Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall will only be in Marshall for four days next week. This will be the chance to view the names and pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving the United States in Vietnam.
For more information, please contact the Lyon County Museum at 537-6580, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Facebook.